Radio Free Albemuth (2010)

R  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  27 June 2014 (USA)
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Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Herb Bennon
Rachel Brady
President Fremont
Newscaster #1
Bruce Hensel ...
Newscaster #2
VALIS (voice)
John Prosky ...
Dr. Goldfarb
Fremont House Tour Guide
FBI Agent #1
FBI Agent #2
Berkeley Detective
Berkeley Cop
Sylvia Aramchek


Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls VALIS that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Shea Whigam) and a mysterious woman named Silvia (Alanis Morissette), Nick finds himself drawn into a dangerous political-mystical conspiracy of cosmic proportions. The story is set in an alternate reality America circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of President Fremont, a Nixon-like clone (Scott Wilson). Written by Radio Free LLC

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Drama | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language, drug use and brief violence

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Release Date:

27 June 2014 (USA)  »

Box Office


$3,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,553 (USA) (27 June 2014)


$5,553 (USA) (27 June 2014)

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High Strangeness
29 May 2015 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This small independent/low budget film is built on extremely effective uses of science fiction coupled with religion coupled with political resistance to totalitarian power and a weird species of multidimensional autobiography that coalesces to provide a very, very satisfying conclusion and a sharp emotional experience. Shea Whigham carries the film, he's great. Hanna Hall is a most excellent villain. The story reminded me of The Man in the High Castle, another PK Dick novel featuring alternative parallel universes. The story is inspired by real paranormal events that PK Dick and his wife Tessa experienced in Los Angeles in the 1980s. highly recommend this for lovers of cerebral film.

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